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Old 11-03-2009, 11:12 AM
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Model Number: 596.57587790   Brand: Kenmore   Age: 5 - 10 years   

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Hi, I've been searching in circles for weeks now and can't seem to get this figured out.

I don't know if I'm just having a lot of issues at the same time, or if they can some how be linked together. My evaporator coils were freezing up, so I started looking into it. The timer appears to be working (it does cycle through on its own). One time I checked and the heating element did turn on, but now it doesn't.

Now I've noticed that the fan is not running (inside the freezer). I checked the terminals and I have 0 voltage. Is there possibly a link between the issues? Does the defrost timer by chance turn the fan on / off?

I had been manually defrosting a couple times a day.... and sometimes, everything would just start working correctly... the next day, back to the problems.

any suggestions?

Thanks!


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Old 11-04-2009, 04:43 AM
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My evaporator coils were freezing up, so I started looking into it. The timer appears to be working (it does cycle through on its own). One time I checked and the heating element did turn on, but now it doesn't.
Just because the timer runs does not mean that it's contacts are OK.


Now I've noticed that the fan is not running (inside the freezer). I checked the terminals and I have 0 voltage. Is there possibly a link between the issues? Does the defrost timer by chance turn the fan on / off?
Yes they can be linked. The defrost timer should turn off the evaporator fan, the compressor fan and the compressor when in a defrost cycle.

It sounds like the defrost timer's contacts are intermittent.
You could check the defrost element and the defrost thermostat.
The defrost element should be approximately 20 ohms.
The defrost thermostat should be 0 ohms when frozen. Note it opens (infinite ohms) just above freezing. Sometimes you can actually see that it is toast as it will be bulged.

If both the above are OK then replace the defrost timer.
Be sure to disconnect one side of the device you are measuring this prevents reading an alternate/parallel circuit path.
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Thank you very much Denman! I will check them. As the problem is so intermittent, I hope I catch them.
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